Because Monday, Jan 21/08 was Martin Luther King Day in the USA, DID is repeating Monday’s articles for the benefit of our many readers in the American military who would have missed them.
Readers interested in reading some military-themed material concerning this day can peruse Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates’ speech at the Pentagon’s 23rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observance, or read the Korean War saga of Lt. Tom Hudner (Congressional Medal of Honor) and Ensign Jesse Brown (Distinguished Flying Cross).
Ensign Jesse Leroy Brown was the US Navy’s first black pilot, receiving his Wings on October 21, 1948. Hudner earned his medal for crash-landing in enemy territory in order to come to Brown’s aid. Capt. Hudner was a featured speaker at the USA’s 10th Annual Veterans Center Conference in 2007.